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Tajikistan: Seven Drug Traffickers Killed On Tajik-Afghan Border

Dushanbe, 17 August 1999 (RFE/RL) -- The Russian border command in Tajikistan says seven drug traffickers were killed early today, in two separate clashes on the country's border with Afghanistan. The Russian command says the clashes occurred three hours apart in the early morning, 230 kilometers southeast of the Tajik capital Dushanbe. The smugglers were attempting to cross into Tajikistan from Afghanistan with a total of 13 kilograms of heroin, when they were intercepted by the border guards. Since the start of the year, more than 35 smugglers have been reported killed on the border and more than 350 kilos of heroin have been reported seized.